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BS: Boasting about my child!

katlaughing 26 Aug 07 - 12:27 AM
Alice 25 Aug 07 - 11:28 PM
TRUBRIT 25 Aug 07 - 10:58 PM
Pistachio 25 Aug 07 - 06:58 AM
MBSLynne 21 Aug 07 - 03:58 AM
TRUBRIT 21 Aug 07 - 12:27 AM
katlaughing 21 Aug 07 - 12:04 AM
TRUBRIT 21 Aug 07 - 12:01 AM
Liz the Squeak 16 Aug 07 - 07:52 AM
TRUBRIT 15 Aug 07 - 09:46 PM
Flatpick 15 Aug 07 - 06:32 PM
TRUBRIT 14 Aug 07 - 09:54 PM
GUEST,prince charles 14 Aug 07 - 01:58 PM
jacqui.c 14 Aug 07 - 11:24 AM
GUEST,prince charles 14 Aug 07 - 11:15 AM
Sandra in Sydney 13 Aug 07 - 08:22 PM
GUEST,petr 13 Aug 07 - 08:03 PM
jacqui.c 11 Aug 07 - 07:20 AM
MBSLynne 11 Aug 07 - 03:33 AM
GUEST,petr 10 Aug 07 - 05:30 PM
TRUBRIT 09 Aug 07 - 09:54 PM
MBSLynne 09 Aug 07 - 01:54 PM
Hawker 09 Aug 07 - 09:36 AM
MBSLynne 09 Aug 07 - 03:54 AM
TRUBRIT 09 Aug 07 - 12:59 AM
Sorcha 09 Aug 07 - 12:01 AM
TRUBRIT 08 Aug 07 - 11:50 PM
Pistachio 03 Aug 07 - 08:42 AM
Midchuck 02 Aug 07 - 07:44 AM
jacqui.c 02 Aug 07 - 07:18 AM
TRUBRIT 02 Aug 07 - 02:14 AM
Hawker 28 Jul 07 - 07:09 AM
Diva 28 Jul 07 - 04:08 AM
MBSLynne 27 Jul 07 - 01:49 PM
Rapparee 27 Jul 07 - 01:32 PM
Midchuck 27 Jul 07 - 10:01 AM
Liz the Squeak 27 Jul 07 - 09:59 AM
Rapparee 27 Jul 07 - 09:44 AM
MMario 27 Jul 07 - 09:31 AM
TRUBRIT 27 Jul 07 - 08:59 AM
GUEST 27 Jul 07 - 08:56 AM
John MacKenzie 27 Jul 07 - 06:38 AM
ShadyLady 27 Jul 07 - 06:31 AM
MBSLynne 27 Jul 07 - 06:15 AM
GUEST,dianavan 27 Jul 07 - 04:13 AM
SINSULL 26 Jul 07 - 11:55 PM
TRUBRIT 26 Jul 07 - 09:30 PM
Alec 24 Jul 07 - 08:00 AM
MBSLynne 24 Jul 07 - 07:59 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: katlaughing
Date: 26 Aug 07 - 12:27 AM

That's some wonderful pickin', Alice! Good for Ryan for doing so well and to you. You are a great mom!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Alice
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 11:28 PM

Veteran Mudcatters have basically watched my son grow up. From when he had a broken leg in grade
school, played violin and then mandolin,
winning the talent contests in high school, now Ryan is starting his third year at Montana State University,
majoring in Film. He was awarded scholarships and grants again this year, and is working his way through
college.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 10:58 PM

Thank you Pistachio -- none of my kids were in the UK for the dreaded news from the O levels, or GCSEs as they are now called .......but I was == I remember the envelope!!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Pistachio
Date: 25 Aug 07 - 06:58 AM

My son has got into 6th form!
He's still on holiday but as I collected his results he texted me, from Crete, to open up the dreaded envelope and it contained good news. Yes, I am proud (and relieved) and have a big smile on my face.

Great news that your lad is safe, home and happy Truebrit.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 03:58 AM

That's great! Told you once he'd been bitten by the travel bug he wouldn't want to stop!

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 12:27 AM

Yes, and slightly more grown up and mature (thank God....) -- so far all is peace and harmony in the home -- not sure how long it will last.....!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: katlaughing
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 12:04 AM

Good to know he made it home safe and sound!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 21 Aug 07 - 12:01 AM

My son is announcing he does not want to go to School for at least a year .... that is GOOD as he doesn't want to be there......bad from a medical insurance pov but there is always catastrophic coverage. He announced he intends to get one (or two ) jobs and save up for his next trip to Europe..........sounds like a good idea to me.....


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 16 Aug 07 - 07:52 AM

I think I might take it back....

Yesterday, on a shopping trip with her father, Limpit managed to come home with only one shoe - not having noticed it fall off as she was getting into the car.

An eccentric indeed!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 09:46 PM


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Flatpick
Date: 15 Aug 07 - 06:32 PM

I'm proud of my son, the cop. he makes a difference.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 09:54 PM

Well -- my son made it back from his trip - alive and well. When I got home from work -- about 8.30 they had just arrived (they being my husband and son from the airport) and just one visitor was at the house -- within half an hour I counted about 10 more! He seems to have grown up a lot -- is planning on going back and is talking about getting a job -- can't be all bad!!!!! And I am very proud of him....


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: GUEST,prince charles
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 01:58 PM

one feels a little jealousy dear girl


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 11:24 AM

OK troll - anyone of the kids above beats yours - they had to ACHIEVE, not have something as a birthright.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: GUEST,prince charles
Date: 14 Aug 07 - 11:15 AM

my son was born a king,beat that one you tossers


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 13 Aug 07 - 08:22 PM

couple of years ago I watched a group of toddlers (well, some were crawlers!) have fun with music!

They jiggled around or danced, & played with simple instruments & had a ball. The lucky little mites were part of a formal class learning about music & movement. I wish it had been around in my day.

I've also attended a similar session in a festival, tho it was aimed at older children (up to 10 years) & the kids were so happy, singing along & playing the instruments supplied.

sandra


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 13 Aug 07 - 08:03 PM

thanks.. my wife & both play- me fiddle, she fiddle, whistle & piano..
so we hope it will rub off...
the younger sister whos 9months - is already singing whenever we have music around- its just a monotone ahhh.... but is definitely singing..
cheers
petr


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 07:20 AM

That's great petr - I hope she keeps on doing it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 11 Aug 07 - 03:33 AM

Awwww.....she has music in her soul obviously

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: GUEST,petr
Date: 10 Aug 07 - 05:30 PM

well my wife just called me today and said listen...
I could hear my 2 1/2 year old daughter singing...
she had her animals in a circle and strummed a ukulele and sang them made up songs..
(she doesnt know how to play the uke - we just picked it up yesterday on a walk - someone had put it out with their trash..
but she just strums and sings)


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 09:54 PM

Lynne - I cant's text -- so can't check up on him that way.......!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 01:54 PM

I think you tend to worry more about girls than boys..probably with good reason. Richard isn't really very free though. A large proportion of the people at Sidmouth have known him all his life and they will be keeping a weather eye on him. I think a folk festival to which you go regularly is probably a good place to start loosening the strings.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Hawker
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 09:36 AM

Oh Lynne,
Me too, My Tammy has just started to sing in public, she sang at Bude Folk Club this week and got a standing ovation! I was truly proud. She has a lot to learn, but plenty of time to learn it in and to see her sharing and enjoying our world is wonderful.
I am still reluctant to let her have the freedom you have given Richard, I know I have to cut those apron strings and let her fly sometime but not just yet!...................
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 03:54 AM

Yep..also waiting with baited breath for August 23rd. Should be no nasty surprises though.

W
Last Friday evening in Sidmouth I sat listening while first my daughter then my son got up and sang at my session at the Volunteer and realised that, though their good results and reports make me proud, what really makes me happy is to see them taking their place in my folk world. Richard is developing quite a powerful voice which is also very clear. He also started what was apparently the best singing session ever in the marquee at the gate on the campsite.

Trubrit I think your son has done really well and I hope he has enjoyed it. I came home from Sidmouth leaving my son there....first time away on his own. All right, I know he's not really on his own, but it's still scarey. He's travelling back by train on Saturday. I have to keep stopping myself from texting to see if he's ok.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 12:59 AM

'because' or '42' are wonderful answers to life's universal questions!!!!! We have a a 'kinda sorta' step grandchild - son of my younger girl's current (but I think not too much longer)boyfriend -- and he is wonderful.......was telling me all about how he is GOING TO RIDE THE SCHOOL BUS BY HIMSELF in the fall. I will mss him when the time comes. Grandkids will surely be wonderful.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Sorcha
Date: 09 Aug 07 - 12:01 AM

Well, both of our are still alive at ages 28 and 22. In this day and age I think that is something.

We are the grandparents of an 'accidental' grandson who is now almost 4. He says, so what is the big deal? He also says 'Why?' a lot. I tell him the answer is either 'Because' or 42. He just shakes his head at Nana.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 08 Aug 07 - 11:50 PM

Well - my son is a smoker too (tobacco and weed) - the tbacco breaks my heart -- the weed I can live with -- he also drinks but so does everyone in their late teens in every country but this one (pretty well). I think if some of the money spent to police underage drinking went into health care we would all be in better shape.

Anyway my son is coming home next week after nearly 8 weeks gone -- we are proud of him, looking forward to seeing him back but know we will miss the wonderful quiet of the house the last 7 weeks..................


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Pistachio
Date: 03 Aug 07 - 08:42 AM

Thanks for comments
Dianavan, Verity is not an inmate! She always wanted to work with criminals and started voluntary work with the Probation Service before getting her job. She's already had her first promotion - and I am proud of her - she simply won't tell me anything of 'her day'. Of course I know there's stuff she can't disclose but she doesn't even say where she's going socially.
Hi Hawker.
"The weird thing is, the child described in the report bears no resemblance to the child that lives at our house.......how does that happen?" I felt the same way and I believe we are not alone!!
I too have the 23 Aug in my sights and hope that my Phil and your Tamsyn have reason to celebrate.

Truebrit "I count my blessings simply, - no unwanted babies, .... no child of mine addicted to drugs or alcohol that I can see.........."

Yes, I had that thought a while back.   Unfortunately my son is a smoker and likes to have a beer. My husband has been totally tee-total since before he turned 18 so I think Phil is out to try booze himself. He knows we care about him. He just has this teenage stage to get through... i just hope it doesn't last 'til his 30s!

Thanks for all your supportive comments.

Hazel.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Midchuck
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:44 AM

He is a pleasure to take out, behaves very well in social occasions and hsa made quite a number of friends over here.

I shall miss them when they go back to the UK tomorrow.


"Mommy, visiting Gramma was fun, but who was that weird old guy....?"

P


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: jacqui.c
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 07:18 AM

My family's two week stay with us in Maine is just coming to an end. I am so proud of my daughter and her husband for the way in which they are raising my grandson. It's a joy to see the three of them together and the little boy is obviously thriving in their care.

He will be seven in September and already uses words like eventually and exhausted in their proper context as a matter of course. He was asking yesterday for words to spell and does extremely well for year one - mostly his spellings are correct and, if not, he's using logic to work out what it should be.

He is a pleasure to take out, behaves very well in social occasions and hsa made quite a number of friends over here.

I shall miss them when they go back to the UK tomorrow.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 02 Aug 07 - 02:14 AM

quick update for those that are interested -- he went back to England and spent a week or so   in Kent with family......then he went back to Dorking where we lived from age 2 ish to age 7 ish.....called me long distance on his cell phone to ask where a cafe we use to go to was. Called on some friends from way back in Dorking , spent a couple of nights ith them and they were very gracious and offered him s lift up to Scotland where he is curently hanging out.

He is getting by with regylar infusions of cash from us and a


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Hawker
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 07:09 AM

Liz isn't it amazing how one minute they can drive you tonear distraction ant the next leave you bursting with pride!
Well Done Limpit!
My Youngest, Amber did her sats last and got 554 (4 in English - Dyslexia 5 in reading 4 in writing brought the grade down) we were well pleased with that, This year her school report was brilliant and she got a 6 in science and this is her target for the end of year 9 (she's just finished year 7.) Yes, I was proud. The weird thing is, the child described in the report bears no resemblance to the child that lives at our house.......how does that happen?
We'll have to wait till August 23rd to see how well Tamsyn did in her GCSEs........Now I am alittle nervous about that one!
Tammy had me bursting with pride whan she sang at Mum & Dad's Golden wedding - she has threatened to sing at Dartmoor this year so look out for her! I'll be the one in tears in the corner!
Cheers, Lucy


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Diva
Date: 28 Jul 07 - 04:08 AM

Jane has a piece of her artwork exhibited in The Glasgow School of Art in an exhibition called Trying Childhoods. We are all thrilled to bits......when teling her its quite impressive...she replied..."yeah, suppose so"


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 01:49 PM

Giok, those stories were going around when I was hitching. All my relations were absoultely sure I was going to be kidnapped for the white slave trade. Bad things happen. Bad things always happened. They are in the very samll minority though, it's just that they are the incidents you hear about. News doesn't give stories about all the people to whom nothing happens

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 01:32 PM

Oh. A UU grad. Well, that explains a lot.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Midchuck
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 10:01 AM

I have too much class to brag about my child in a public forum. Shame on all of you!

Peter.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:59 AM

From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 08:56 AM - your comment... is that for her scholastic acheivements or the fact that she's just as proud to be as mad as a box of sausage frogs?!

LTS


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Rapparee
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:44 AM

Well, my mother's children were the most intelligent, best looking, most religious, and most scholastic of any she ever had.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MMario
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 09:31 AM

I figure there is probably something to boast about with most kids. While I don't have any children of my "own"; I do have the nieces and nephews - two of whom I helped raise; and "chosen family"; and the kids from the drama groups, and the kids from summer camp, and the kids I baby sat for, and the. . .

well - you can understand something of why I wrote "Lullaby for a Borrowed Child".

All I can say is - knowing how much I am affected by the successes and failures of "my" kids - and the difference in intensity between the kids I taught versus the kids I raised;

How do you Parents stand it?


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 08:59 AM

So many interesting comments...........Dianavan, I may have been hitchhiking round Morocco just about the same time you did!!!!!

I think the world is a much tougher place to make it -- I count my blessings simply, - no unwanted babies, three high school diplomas, one college diploma, one associate degree, no child of mine addicted to drugs or alcohol that I can see..........life if good.

The comment about kids helping each other is great. When they were younger my middle child (daughter) and son did karate and got all the way to black belt. That certainly helped. They followed their older sister into high school and there was a network between them -- even when they didn;tlike each other than much, it was 'don't mess with my sister/brother because you are taking on more than you want to....' Not violent or threatening -- just clear!!!

One of the greatest gifts of being a parent of adult children, in my book, is being able to talk to them as adults (not friends, you are right Mary) but as poeple -- people you can really enjoy. And my girls who couldn't stand each other in their teenage years are now the very best of friends and talk daily.......it is wonderful.

Finally Giok, I have to agree. I used to pick up hitchhikers for years and years and I don't do it any more....makes me sad that I can't be comfortable but I can't


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 08:56 AM

Well Done Liz!!! You deserve to bask in the reflected glory. Really feels good to know you've done one job right!!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 06:38 AM

Cynical and knowing kids, and stories of false accusations from female hitch hikers has scared me off offering lifts to anybody these days. Sad but true I'm afraid, innocence is becoming the rarest commodity in the world today.
Giok


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: ShadyLady
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 06:31 AM

Well done Limpit!


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 06:15 AM

I too have some of my happiest memories from travelling in my youth. At 23 a friend and I came to England from Australia and spent 6 months cycling and hitching around Britain and Europe. It was a wonderful, wonderful 6 months and I never at any time felt unsafe. I met so many people who were friendly, helpful and kind. People who would give us a lift then take us to the door of the hostel we were heading for, go out of their way to get us to the right place, offer us a meal or a bed (no strings attached) a lorry driver who stopped to buy a packet of cigarettes and bought us a bar of chocolate each and many others who bought us cups of tea at truckers' cafes. I look back now and think..."Couldn't do that today!", but is that true? i don't think the world and people have changed that much, just our perceptions.

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: GUEST,dianavan
Date: 27 Jul 07 - 04:13 AM

Pistachio - Does your child work in prison or work in the prison?

TRUBRIT - I went to Europe when I was 22 and hitch-hiked from Ireland to Morocco. I love to travel but the best time I ever had was "back then". I needed only a change of clothes and a bed roll. My first night was spent on the floor of an office in Victoria station. We arrived late at night, there were no rooms available and we were exhausted. A man in uniform took pity on us. In the morning he and his cousin took us to their home for something to eat. It was all very innocent and sweet. They were curious about us(American) and we were curious about them (Ghanaian). That would never happen now!   

Now I have to pack two suitcases (one with wheels) and need three meals a day. I also want to no know for sure where I am going to be sleeping each night.

When you are young, you can travel light and let the wind blow you where it may. There is nothing quite so foot-loose and fancy free.

I really appreciate that we all have kids that we can be proud of. I had one of each. The eldest, learning disabled, son and the youngest, gifted and creative daughter.

Barry - When you mentioned your son had help from his sister, it really struck a chord. The same happened in my family. Somewhere along the line my kids discovered that they could help each other along. He had the physical and social skills and she had the academic and creative skills. Together they are a very strong team. They have been in business together since they were teen-agers, and although the business(s) keep growing and changing, they are successful and happy in their work. Its wonderful to see your kids helping each other. That was an unexpected surprise for me as a parent. I didn't know such a partnership could exist. Sometimes I find I am in love with the trust between them. Each child is unique. One is not more precious than the other. Now that they are in long term relationships, its as if I have four kids. My family keeps getting bigger!

I don't want to pressure the girls but I sure would like a grandbaby in my arms. (I know, I know; don't push the river!). Being a parent gets better and better as time goes on and as the family grows, the more you have to boast about.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 11:55 PM

Pistachio,
Kids don't come with a book of directions and we do the best we can with the parenting skills we inherited and the belief that we will not repeat our parent's mistakes. LOL

I believe that a parent needs to be the authority figure and not a "friend". I cringe when I hear a child, even an adult child, call his parents by their first names. (Work situations excluded).

One of your children is working; the other is in school. You did something right. PM me or TRUBRIT before you get too jealous. Deborah's son is bright and handsome and charming and he drove her to distraction for many of his teen years. Mine did the same. They grow up. Sometimes they mature too. Mine hasn't yet - he is 32.

Be proud that you raised two functioning adult children. And let them know that you are proud of them and why. Accept that they have vowed not to make the same mistakes you did and they will anyway plus a few of their own.

I too am the proud aunt who is thrilled at my nephew's marriage, success at work and writing career. His sister is a brilliant student. Finished her MA while working full time and now is atarting a law degree. Another niece quit her full professorchip when the BS got out of hand. Good for her! Her brother is married and has a beautiful little girl who is fighting the battle against autism. Another niece finished her MA and has been approached about having her thesis published. She has two little boys who are so full of life they fill a room with smiles.
Life is good.
Mary


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: TRUBRIT
Date: 26 Jul 07 - 09:30 PM

Just a quick report in -- Nick called in tonight to report he is the Quiz King of Southern England - he answered a crucial question right for his team....! He is down to $477 with NO MORE CASH coming from us --will be interesting to see how much longer he makes it.


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Alec
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 08:00 AM

Congrats & well done to all concerned!                               It is particularly good to hear about youngsters doing well in maths & sciences as this is an area where some of the gaps in their knowledge bases are genuinely worrying.(Not Limpit)
During my latest noticable absence from these parts I became an Uncle for the third time & a Great Uncle for the first,so children have been prominent in my thoughts of late.
News like this always gives hope for the future.
Alec (Who respects & admires Genius in all its myriad forms)


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: MBSLynne
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 07:59 AM

Unfortunately, parenting is a very inexact art and we are chucked into it with no real knowledge or understanding of what it's all about. I based most of my parenting on what my parents, and mainly my mother had done. I think most people fall back on their own upbringing in one way or another. After all, it's really all most of us know. My personal feeling is that provided we teach our children decency, honesty, caring for others and a few other things like that, it doesn't really matter if we did too much for them physically, or too little (in our own views) they'll probably turn out ok in the end

Love Lynne


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Subject: RE: BS: Boasting about my child!
From: Pistachio
Date: 24 Jul 07 - 07:24 AM

Wonderful thread. Uplifting.
Jealousy creeping in - I know I went wrong somewhere with my two.

I did my best - I wasn't as strong/firm as I needed to be.
I chose the harmony line in life and song. I expected that children 'should do as they were told' as I had done but it's an art form 'parenting' and 'telling'.

My husband and I had hugely different childhoods. He learned his life lessons in the fast lane and I had a quiet ordered life. We met in the Army and were used to following orders. I realise now I do what I percieve I 'have to do' and forget that in life we should also do what we 'want to do'. (tho' I'm making up for that now)

I pre-empted so many situations and did too much for the children domestically (because "I" wanted it done/tidied/cleared) They've yet to realise that there's more that they can do for themselves. I was so busy being 'in charge' that I failed to be their friend.

Verity (21)works in Prison and Phil (17-)is still in education and 'chillin'. He will find his way and he is a lovely sociable lad but has no work ethic.
I'd love to have had family visits to folk festivals but my husband had no interest in the wonderful happy weekends of music and song so I represent him wherever I can(!!)

We are all so different.

PS. Claiming Aunts bragging rights now, my niece(21) got a 2.1 in Music from Edinburgh University this summer.
H. x


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